Stella Moris

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Stella Moris
Born 1983 (age 37–38)[1]
South Africa[1]
Occupation lawyer
Known for fiance of Julian Assange

Stella Moris is a lawyer specializing in International Law.[1]

Early life

BBC News, and other sources, report Moris was born in south Africa.[2][3] The Washington Post reports she is Swedish.[4][5]

Relationship with Julian Assange

Moris was already well-known as a human rights lawyer, when she joined the team defending WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, in 2011.[1][5] She and Assange developed a personal relationship, in 2015.[6] He fathered her two children, while he was taking refuge in the Ecudorian embassy, in London.

Her identity as Assange's fiancee became known in April 2020.[1] Moris filed a lawsuit against Spanish security firm Undercover Global (UC Global), the firm Ecuador hired to provide security at the Embassy.[7][8] Unknown to Ecuador UC Global had accepted a contract to keep Moris under surviellance, and had even tailed her, her son, and her mother, when she visited Spain.

According to The Mirror Moris says Assange proposed to her in 2017.[9]

In August 2021, US law enforcement authorities appealed the dismissal of its extradition of Assange, claiming that Moris's relationship with Assange should have been revealed.

In comments published in The Guardian, in October 2021, Moris described how Assange and his defence team confirmed that UC Global had been subverted by the CIA, and was spying on them.[10] She told them that, in addition to planting covert microphones to monitor Assange, giving the CIA access to a feed to the legitimately installed surviellance cameras, it had even made plans to steal one of her son's soiled diapers, to subject to DNA analysis to confirm the father was Assange.[11]

On November 7, 2021, Moris announced UK authorities were blocking marriage between her and Assange.[12] Moris said UK Justice Secretary Dominic Raab finally agreed to allow the marriage she had to threaten to sue.[5][2][13][14][15][16][17][12]

In an article about Pamela Anderson's love life E! online noted that Anderson had visited Assange, at the Ecuadorian embassy, and this visit had fueled speculation that Anderson and Assange had had a liason.[18] In answer to questions about this speculation Moris replied: "I'd rather have them reporting about Pamela visiting than stories about me being pregnant. And it allowed Pamela to go on TV and she is very articulate."

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Julian Assange’s mother of two warns of fate of WikiLeaks founder". France 24. 2020-09-06. Archived from the original on 2021-11-15. https://web.archive.org/web/20211115054431/https://www.fr24news.com/a/2020/09/julian-assanges-mother-of-two-warns-of-fate-of-wikileaks-founder.html. Retrieved 2021-11-15. "The Mail on Sunday revealed in April that Ms Morris, 37, is the mother of two children sired by Assange while he was locked up at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. She believes he will face a show trial in the United States if he is extradited." 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Wikileaks: Julian Assange given permission to marry partner in prison". BBC News. 2021-11-12. Archived from the original on 2021-11-14. https://web.archive.org/web/20211114082408/https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-59254828. Retrieved 2021-11-15. "Inmates are entitled to apply to be married in prison under the Marriages Act 1983 and where applications are granted, they must meet the full costs of the marriage, with no taxpayer help." 
  3. "Stella Moris". Centre for Investigative Journalism. Archived from the original on 2021-03-02. https://web.archive.org/web/20210302134116/https://tcij.org/person/stella-moris/. Retrieved 2021-11-15. 
  4. Hannah Knowles; Ellen Nakashima (2020-04-12). "Julian Assange fathered two children while hiding in Ecuadoran Embassy, partner says". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2021-08-16. https://web.archive.org/web/20210816233150/https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/04/11/assange-secret-children-stella-morris/. Retrieved 2021-11-15. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Amy Cheng (2021-11-12). "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange granted approval to wed lawyer in high-security London prison". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2021-11-12. https://web.archive.org/web/20211112160255/https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/11/12/julian-assange-partner-stella-married/. Retrieved 2021-11-15. "The announcement came days after Moris threatened legal action against British Justice Secretary Dominic Raab and Belmarsh prison chief Jenny Louis, accusing them of ignoring repeated requests for a wedding ceremony inside the detention facility." 
  6. "Read Stella Morris's statement about her alleged relationship and children with Julian Assange". Washington Post. 2020-04-12. Archived from the original on 2020-04-13. https://web.archive.org/web/20200413084953/https://www.washingtonpost.com/context/read-stella-morris-s-statement-about-her-alleged-relationship-and-children-with-julian-assange/5c71592a-ec06-4f99-ba84-ed7971d28956/. Retrieved 2021-11-15. 
  7. Alistair Smout (2021-08-11). "U.S. tries again to extradite Wikileaks' Assange from Britain". Reuters (London). Archived from the original on 2021-10-14. https://web.archive.org/web/20211014002048/https://www.reuters.com/world/us-tries-again-extradite-wikileaks-assange-britain-2021-08-11/. Retrieved 2021-11-15. "But he said it was arguable that the appeal court might make a different assessment, given that a key expert had omitted to disclose what he knew about Assange's relationship with his partner Stella Moris." 
  8. Marty Silk (2020-04-21). "Spanish court hears of security firm spying on Julian Assange’s baby and fiancee’s mum". The New Daily. Archived from the original on 2021-09-10. https://web.archive.org/web/20210910015932/https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2020/04/21/spanish-court-spying-julian-assange-baby/. Retrieved 2021-11-15. "Court documents detail the extent of the alleged spying, targeting Moris, her mother and Assange’s baby boy Gabriel. Mr Morales sent an email to staff on September 21, 2017, calling for “special attention on Stella Moris”. He even ordered someone to tail Ms Moris’s mother, who the company had discovered was living in the Spanish province of Catalonia." 
  9. Nadeem Badshah (2020-04-12). "First pictures of Julian Assange's secret sons as his fiancee lifts lid on love affair". The Mirror. Archived from the original on 2021-11-12. https://web.archive.org/web/20211112001141/https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/first-pictures-julian-assanges-secret-21855477. Retrieved 2021-11-15. 
  10. Simon Hattenstone (2021-10-16). "Stella Moris on her secret family with Julian Assange: ‘He’s unlike anyone I have ever met’". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2021-11-12. https://web.archive.org/web/20211112161314/https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/oct/16/stella-moris-julian-assange-secret-family. Retrieved 2021-11-15. "In the end, Assange spent seven years at the embassy. Towards the end, the atmosphere became progressively more hostile, Moris says. They began to suspect that UC Global, the Spanish security company there to protect him and the embassy, was spying on him for the Americans." 
  11. Ben Quinn (2020-09-30). "US intelligence sources discussed poisoning Julian Assange, court told: Extradition hearing told spying operation at Ecuador embassy included plot to take baby’s nappy". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2021-11-10. https://web.archive.org/web/20211101171650/https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/sep/30/us-intelligence-sources-discussed-poisoning-julian-assange-court-told. Retrieved 2021-11-15. "The witness was tasked in December 2017 with installing new cameras at the embassy that would, unlike the previous cameras, also record audio. They said Morales later instructed that the cameras should have a livestreaming capability 'so that our friends in the US' would be able to access the embassy in real time." 
  12. 12.0 12.1 Ben Quinn (2021-11-07). "Julian Assange and fiancee claim they are being blocked from marrying". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2021-11-13. https://web.archive.org/web/20211113043811/https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/nov/07/julian-assange-fiancee-stella-moris-claim-marriage-blocked. Retrieved 2021-11-07. 
  13. "Assange gets permission to marry Stella Moris in UK prison". Al Jazeera. 2021-11-12. Archived from the original on 2021-11-14. https://web.archive.org/web/20211114100343/https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/11/12/assange-gets-permission-to-marry-in-uk-prison. Retrieved 2021-11-15. "WikiLeaks said in a statement late on Thursday that the couple had launched legal action after they 'were essentially being blocked from being able to marry'." 
  14. Alan Jones (2020-04-12). "Assange's partner pleas for his release". Australian Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2021-04-15. https://web.archive.org/web/20210415093828/https://www.aap.com.au/assanges-partner-pleas-for-his-release/. 
  15. Jedidajah Otte (2020-04-12). "Release Julian Assange, says woman who had two children with him while in embassy". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2021-11-10. https://web.archive.org/web/20211101190042/https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/apr/12/release-julian-assange-says-woman-who-had-two-children-with-him-while-in-embassy. 
  16. "Julian Assange's fiancee publicly joins the campaign for his release". SBS. AAP. 2020-04-12. Archived from the original on 2021-04-15. https://web.archive.org/web/20210415100812/https://www.sbs.com.au/news/julian-assange-s-fiancee-publicly-joins-the-campaign-for-his-release. 
  17. Dan Keane (2020-04-13). "Wikileaks founder Julian Assange fathered two children while inside the Ecuadorean embassy". News.com.au. Archived from the original on 2021-10-31. https://web.archive.org/web/20211031055648/https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/celebrity-kids/wikileaks-founder-julian-assange-fathered-two-children-while-inside-the-ecuadorean-embassy/news-story/814128c63539cb222abf72541abf8745. 
  18. "Pamela Anderson's Legendary Romantic History". E online. 2021-06-28. Archived from the original on 2021-07-06. https://web.archive.org/web/20210706131100/https://www.eonline.com/photos/32133/pamela-andersons-legendary-romantic-history. Retrieved 2021-11-15. "In 2020 Assange's lawyer, Stella Moris-Smith Robertson, revealed she's had two children with him since their relationship turned romantic in 2015."